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Music Review: Xennials by Love X Stereo - Electronic Rock - Seoul, South Korea | Music Discovery XO


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ELECTRONIC ROCK REVIEWS

31-03-2021 14:29 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Electronic Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Electronic Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Love X Stereo on Spotify | Bandcamp


Love X Stereo
"Xennials"
Electronic Rock


A-ya-ya-ya-Yai!!!

Where do we start? 


Don't you hate when people downplay their best effort just in case it's not good enough? Everyone's doing it now, it's so annoying. Unfortunately we are about to do it, so start hating

Here it goes... Nothing's ever good enough when it comes to reviewing a new Love X Stereo song or album. Each one grossly surpasses the last sonically, creatively and conceptually, as has been the case for the 9+ years spanning their illustrious independent music career, which began with the release of the critically acclaimed 4 track album "Buzzin" back in 2011 when they were a trio. To be honest it gets frustrating sometimes - writing then rewriting, then starting from scratch and repeating time and time again to no avail. To cut a long story short, this is just another sorry attempt at writing a fitting review for what can only be described as a "life changing" album, one you'll hold very close to your heart next to God and PPE; in fact don't waste your time reading it, just skip over to the play button at the end and hit it really hard so your music player knows something huge is about to happen

Wait, that seemed like a terrible way to start. Let's start over again. See? It's happening already. Okay this one's the one. Here it goes. Eer em...

This is one of those albums that are so exciting to listen to that nothing written could ever do justice describing how amazing it is; in fact, too much hype may even make it seem like just another mainstream album with a really big PR budget, expensive soundfonts and highly targeted groove templates and arrangements designed to generate maximum streaming revenue on Spotify, and a lot of Shazam hits.

If you are not sober right now and you are reading this you are making a big mistake. This will make you feel so good that you’ll never want to stop drinking, smoking or doing whatever you do to take the edge off in these unprecedented times. But why is it so good, you may ask? After all, every album must be good in some way or the other or else the artist or band that created it wouldn’t have released it, right? That’s where you are wrong, and probably where you have been getting it wrong; maybe that’s why your music collection sucks so bad – yes, we said it. It sucks!

An album is a collection of songs put together to form a body of work that means something. The songs would either have been created together or put together with the purpose of fulfilling a theme or concept, tell a story, evoke a vibe, stimulate an emotional response, or for whatever reason its creator(s) decided at the start of the project or somewhere along the way. The extent to which an album meets the specification of any of the above criteria is what makes an album good, hence, an album can be good without even being heard – wouldn't you agree? 

Xennials” are the generation that were born at the end of the analog era and the beginning of the digital era. With that definition in mind it’s easy to figure out that Love X Stereo’s new album “Xennials” has been a long time in the making since it is the epiphany of the band’s sound – a skillful intoxicating blend of ‘90s sounds and electronic sounds of the ‘00s. The album was a good album even before it was made, maybe that’s why it is so good. With 7 tracks, each one better than the last, it will have you dancing around in space on an imaginary timeline of music somewhere between the 90’s and the 00’s. With a futuristic ambience and a heavenly feel, it's a masterfully-crafted record that will send your music collection’s self-esteem and yours too through the roof. It’s big, it’s sophisticated, groovy, purposeful, introspective, and it will make you feel like a virgin again. Okay wait, we just threw that last part in there for effects – you’ll never feel like a virgin again, you’re too old 🤣 😊, but don’t worry you’ve totally still got it (thumbs up!, wink, wink, wink). 

Now, locate that play button that was mentioned earlier below and hit it harder than Snoop Dogg's 81st blunt of the day (yep, Snoop claims he smokes 81 blunts a day - he will never die). 

Music Review: 2020 Vision by Jim Gaven - Pop Rock - New Jersey, USA | Music Discovery XO


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POP ROCK REVIEWS

28-03-2021 14:59 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Jim Gaven on Bandcamp |


Jim Gaven
"2020 Vision"
Pop Rock


Clean pain

Forget about how bad it was. Forget about how sad it was. Forget about all the unfortunate people who lost their lives or almost lost their lives (just for a very brief moment if you can), and all the simple pleasures and liberties of life that were taken away from every single one of us in a heartbeat... But wait, how could you? No one will be able to do so for a very long time, and even when the history books are written and those two pages – pandemic and lockdown, are stuck together by the pungent bodily fluids of all the teenage boys who should rightfully have lost their virginities and were in fact on the right track to doing so, 2020 will still be remembered as one of the most unprecedented years this century. So of course, it deserves its very own album - and it's got one.  

In an era when mainstream musicians are failing to fully address social and political issues in their music, and opting to go the fantasy route and write about how good they’re living (and hence how much we and everyone else out here in the real world suck), it’s always refreshing to know that there are still artists out there who are writing real songs about real life and real people; like New Jersey, US singer songwriter Jim Gaven whose latest album “2020 Vision”, which was released on the 9th of January, is a concept album that touches on the events of 2020, including social and political issues, civil unrest, lockdown, the pandemic and everything in-between. Known for his uplifting feel-good songs about love and life, the new album skillfully combines a very bright uplifting feel and serious subject matters to create what can only be described as “blissfully somber”

Music Review: How Are Things Over There by The Watermark High - Electronic - Massachusetts, USA | Music Discovery XO


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ELECTRONIC REVIEWS

25-03-2021 18:05 GMT


Music Reviews (March 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Electronic artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Electronic performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, The Watermark High on Soundcloud | Bandcamp


The Watermark High
"How Are Things Over There"
Electronic


Magic

Don’t listen to this excruciatingly blissful album if you are in a vulnerable place in your life right now, it will melt you away like a chocolate fountain on a hot summer afternoon and dip strawberries inside you till you feel happier than Elton John (don't worry it won't make you gay, just really happy). This is one of those albums that swallows you whole, turns you inside out and then has you fully surrounded by its awesomeness. It is sophisticated in ways the average listener will never really be able to put a finger on. You’ll struggle to describe how crisp it is, even the noise is silky. It’s blissfully satisfying and artificial in ways that’ll make you feel like it could be intelligent and be trying to tell you something really deep. If you’ve never been to heaven, hop on-board this musical spaceship and you’ll hear things that’ll make you feel like you’re seeing things. With 8 blissfully exciting and satisfying tracks that are great whether you are getting the day started right or ending it in on a high note after being amazing all freaking day, it makes an invaluable addition to any music collection, whether you are into classical, pop or hip hop; old school or new. Released on the 29th of January, it was written during the lockdowns of 2020, and inspired by the pandemic and everything that came with it. 

Music Review: The Boundaries Of Man by Kysmet - Metal - Virginia, USA | Music Discovery XO


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METAL REVIEWS

24-02-2021 02:57 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Metal artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Metal performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Kysmet on Apple Music | Spotify


Kysmet
"The Boundaries Of Man"
Metal


Dirty pain

If those words mean anything to you forget about what they mean because they are about to take on a whole new meaning. This balls-out loud album is furiously satisfying. It feels dirty AND painful. It hurts so sweet. It's so indescribably good you’ll feel so wrong after doing it – you know, like some really good drugs (Oops!! So we’ve heard. Wink, wink). 

The only way you’ll be able to match the rush you'll get from this album the first time you listen to it is by jumping off a roof with your headphones on blast and listening to it (don't do it please). 

It's God's answer to bigger cocks and louder music

Don’t listen to this album if you are used to the soft stuff – you know Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and all those really tough guys with fur coats softer than Beyoncé’s booty. This record is fiery in ways you’ll never be able to comprehend unless you paid the Devil a visit in hell and grabbed him by the horns (we’ve done it before, it wasn’t pretty). When you put on your headphones and listen to it even on a moderately loud level you’ll feel like the Ghost Rider racing down a dusty old road at superhigh speed with a vengeance and a skull burning ferociously for a head. If you thought the "loudness wars", which has plagued the music industry for several decades now was a problem you’ll start to see that problem in a whole new light after listening to this. To say the 11 track extravaganza of  rage is controlled chaos is an understatement, in fact calling it purposeful chaos or desirable chaos would still not do justice explaining what you are about to hear. The only thing that is advisable is that the first time you listen to it you should probably do it with a pair of worn out speakers that you are just far enough away from to not get your head blown off. Have you seen the intro of the video for that amazing Michael Jackson record “Black Or White”? Well, just like the massive sound system used there, even the first note played on this album alone is liable to send your chair rocketing through the roof and land you somewhere in Africa surrounded by, well, Africans. 

Music Review: Pepsi Vibes by Bigmoneybrezzy - Hip Hop - Texas, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

23-02-2021 19:47 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Bigmoneybrezzy on Apple Music | Spotify


Bigmoneybrezzy
"Pepsi Vibes"
Hip Hop


Ahhhh, so refreshing!

The title of this record tells you everything you need to know and then some. The first thing it tells you is that you are about to fizzle away like the gas in a freshly cracked-open chilled soda. (You can almost hear that sound - Ssssssssssss!! Aren't you excited already?) 

 The second thing it tells you is that it will quench that thirst you’ve had for really good music, and more specifically, really good hip hop music for a very long time, whether you knew you’d been thirst of not. No, you may not have been having hiccups (if you have, breathe in a paper bag, do not put it over your head), but the watered-down lyrical content, and lack of exciting wordplay and meaningful metaphors of today’s hip hop has been severely draining your soul. Whether you knew it or not you are about to be healed and re-energized. If you thought that old lady who was shaking at the alter and saying words you’ve never heard before when the preacher put his hand on her forehead during Sunday service was peculiar or even amusing, get yourself a mirror because that is exactly what is about to happen to you. Your inner hip hop demons are about to be cast out and by the time you are done listening to this you may even have a little bit of steam coming out of your ears – but don’t worry that’s normal.

Before we get right down to the production and all the rest of the good stuff, let’s explore what the song is all about. And yes, every good song is about something. If you didn’t know that you need to throw away all your CDs (oops!!, uninstall your Spotify app) and buy yourself a Sony Cassette Tape Walkman and some music from that era so that you can find out what good music really is. For now, let’s assume you know. So here it goes. “Pepsi Vibes” is a song about enjoying what you do and being the best at it every day and every single time you do it; a simple concept for a rap record right? Well wrong. Sadly Big Money Brezzy is not that easy to decipher, or else he would be so boring to listen to, like many new rappers today who, if they said they were “going to the shop” on a record were probably well, “going to the shop”. Listen to this record and you’ll realize Brezzy is on a whole other level when it comes to songwriting. Listen a little deeper and you’ll realize he’s got the same creative flair when making beats. Listen even closer and you’ll realize that you are listening to a revolutionary musical act that could potentially change rap music and take the genre to a place where even its pioneers wouldn’t have dreamed of in their wildest dreams.

So how’s the production? Well, amazing of course. It’s not as loud as many would have wanted it to be but it makes up for it by just being amazing creatively and conceptually. The beat seems simple but much like the vocals it’s got something tucked away in every corner, with dynamics that will get your heart racing. 

So now that you know what it's all about you may proceed to gently crack it open. Don't do it too fast though, or it may spray all over your face and clothes like a 13 year old virgin fresh out of quarantine. 

Explicit.

Music Review: Drevo Upload by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

22-02-2021 18:15 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on Audiomack |


Coolidge
"DREVO Upload"
Hip Hop


You're in trouble

Following just over a week after the first single and only single from the album, “Faith”, sent shockwaves through both mainstream and underground hip hop communities far and wide, “DREVO Upload” did things no other hip hop album has done to listeners and critics for a very long time – it left them speechless, deep in thought, deeply motivated and weak at the knees, all at the same time. With only 5 tracks, it is a very compact album that packs a massive punch and it has the potential to put even the most discerning hip hop music connoisseur on their back. So before you go hitting the play button willy-nilly, think about this first – do you have a Great enough album to chase this with once you are done? If the answer is no then you are better off leaving this baby alone until your favorite rapper stops bragging about eating ass and comes out with something substantial, or it will, much like the first single “Faith”, have you feeling like there’s something missing in your life once it’s over. Of course you could always stick it on repeat and play it everyday until the resurrection of Tupac and Biggie, or until the day today’s grossly wealthy rappers get out their old bus passes and ride the bus one more time to restore the hunger and passion they once had. But of course that will never happen – you’ll never see Jay-Z riding on the bus in his pink suit and Versace hairstyle, and even if Tupac and Biggie came back they’d probably be forced to wear pink suits too to compete with the likes of Jay and Rick Ross the boss; and really short flowery shorts like Gucci Mane - that would really mess with their heads and they’d never be the same. So let’s face it, this album is trouble – but good trouble, if that makes sense.

Explicit.

Music Review: Faith by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

18-02-2021 14:37 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on Audiomack


Coolidge
"Faith"
Hip Hop


Motivation!

Released on the 22nd of January, 2021, just over a week ahead of his latest album “DREVO Upload” on the 31st, “Faith” was critically acclaimed underground hip hop sensation Drevo Coolidge’s first record of 2021, and it did well to set the tone for a year that for many marks a fresh new start and brings with it the pursuit of new endeavors. 

Motivational, with a focused and determined vibe, production that will make your heart shake, a vocal performance and lyrics that will put fire in your belly, and a juicy piano melody that will make your soul weep; this is a chart-worthy rap record that is poised to soar way beyond the boundaries of underground hip hop and take the independent Jackson, Mississippi star’s career to the next level. If you’ve been listening to throwaway music for a long time – and to be honest we are all a little guilty of that in some way or the other, even unashamedly guilty in many of those cases; this record will blow your mind to pieces and raise your bar for good hip hop music so high that the next time your favorite rapper releases a new song or album you probably won’t listen to it. So, well, sorry in advance. 

Explicit.

Music Review: Talk Riches by Wiz Kid The Weirdo - Hip Hop - Georgia, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

25-10-2020 12:07 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Wiz Kid The Weirdo on Distrokid | Spotify


Wiz Kid The Weirdo
"Talk Riches"
Hip Hop


Breath-taking

Perfect for when you are smoking and thinking, with your mind on your money and your money on your mind. Wiz Kid has been showcasing his exceptional skills as a producer recently and has delivered some pretty amazing beats, but nothing could have prepared anyone for this record. An exhilarating track that makes its own rules every bar of the way, “Talk Riches” offers a very introspective beat and a deliciously pensive feel. The vocal delivery  is seriously good - every bar is spot on. In fact, anyone who has watched Wiz evolve progressively over the past couple of years would confidently tell you he has reached a peak and is about to break some serious ground. The overall production really stands out in a spectacular way. On the surface, it may seem pretty basic in terms of instrumentation, but listen a little closer and you’ll notice how every single sound is so meticulously tweaked and positioned that you could hear a pin drop in the mild and warm yet crystal clear backdrop. As the title suggests, it’s about money, but what makes this different from the plethora of hip hop records out there about money is the masterfully tasteful way in which it was written.

Explicit.

Music Review: Keep Sake by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

23-10-2020 23:23 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on YouTube | Spotify


Coolidge
"Keep Sake"
Hip Hop


You're gonna love this

Featured on Coolidge’s critically acclaimed 2019 album, “Island Savage”, “Keep Sake” is a tantalizing, super-chilled rap song about two lovers that are in it for the long haul. Dedicate this to that special someone in your life. An exciting addition to your “Hip Hop Love Songs” playlist. 

Explicit.

Music Review: Jealousy by Honorebel - Reggae - Florida, USA | Music Discovery XO


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REGGAE REVIEWS

21-10-2020 11:03 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Reggae artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Reggae performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Honorebel on Spotify | Soundcloud


Honorebel, Herbert Skillz
"Jealousy"
Reggae


A collaborative record with one of Uganda’s top music producers, Herbert Skillz; Honorebel’s single, “Jealousy” was just one of several notable singles that did well to keep fans happy ahead of the release of his highly anticipated and long overdue album at the time, “Above The Noise”, which was released just over 4 months after to critical acclaim. The track was not featured on the album but was celebrated for several reasons including the mere fact that it had become quite rare to hear Honorebel on vocals for a whole song at the time, owing to a long series of high profile collaborative records that shaped his career and cemented his name in the history books as one of the hardest working and most successful independent reggae artists in Miami. The song gave fans a sizeable intrinsic doze of the emerging Kingston, Jamaica native's infectious performance style and unmatched songwriting skills in all their glories for 4 whole minutes. Paired with the expertise of Herbert Skillz, it didn’t stand a chance of not becoming a summer hit.